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Algiers (1938)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 5 August 1938 (USA)
Beautiful Gaby meets a romantic jewel thief in the mysterious Casbah.

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Gaby
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Grandpere
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Regis
Walter Kingsford ...
Louvain
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Janvier
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Carlos
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Pierrot
Charles D. Brown ...
Max
Robert Greig ...
Andre Giraux
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L'Arbi
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Aicha
Nina Koshetz ...
Tania (as Mme. Nina Koshetz)
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Pepe Le Moko, a thief who escaped from France with a fortune in jewels, has for two years lived in, and virtually ruled, the mazelike, impenetrable Casbah, "native quarter" of Algiers. A French official insists that he be captured, but sly Inspector Slimane knows he need only bide his time. The suave Pepe increasingly regards his stronghold as also his prison, especially when he meets beautiful Parisian visitor Gaby, who reminds him of the boulevards to which he dare not return...and arouses the mad jealousy of Ines, his Algerian mistress. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You've Got A Date With Danger, A Rendezvous With Romance In The Glamorous, Mysterious Algiers . . Make A Date Now !

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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5 August 1938 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cast and credits are based on the 98-minute print shown on Turner Classic Movies, but the AFI Catalogue lists slightly different changes which suggest that their print may have been a re-release. In the AFI Catalogue listing, Sigrid Gurie's name is above the title with the rest of the cast list the same. The crew credits are identical, except that James Wong Howe is credited for "photography" instead of "director of photography." The latter terminology was rare in 1938, but not unheard of. See more »

Quotes

Pepe le Moko: You're beautiful. That's easy to say. I know that other people have told you. But what I'm telling you is different, see? For to me you're more than that.
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Crazy Credits

When complete cast credits are listed at the start of a movie and at the end, there are usually no changes. In this movie, the end credits reverse the order of the last two credits: Bert Roach follows Ben Hall. See more »

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Spoofed in The Stooge (1951) See more »

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C'est la vie
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Ann Ronell
Performed by Charles Boyer
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Fantastic backdrop and Hedy Lamarr, too!
29 August 2005 | by (florida, usa) – See all my reviews

What's not to like about this movie? The line "Take Me to the Casbah" is quite timeless... I think I probably first heard it from Bugs Bunny. Well, this is the movie that explains the line (i.e. Movie Trivia for Dummies). There is some great footage (which I do not know for sure, but would bet is actual) from "the Casbah" section of Algiers...Fascinating. There is also the great Charles Boyer as Pepe. He's suave, debonair, fabulously foreign, and also a complete louse ala his mistress, Ines. I just hate that all of the most fabulous movie stars are dead!! Consider also Pepe's "new" love interest, played by Hedy Lamarr. Good grief! She is gorgeous on par with Rita Hayworth in "Gilda." She's very posh, but likes slumming it, too. You can't help but root for this couple to beat the odds.


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